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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-15

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Venizelos supports government of personalities
  • [02] ND leader says broad support for new government necessary
  • [03] The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [04] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Rise
  • [05] Changes in labour relations implemented as of May 15.
  • [06] Two Greek museums candidates for European Museum Year Award

  • [01] Venizelos supports government of personalities

    AMNA--PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos, in a statement on Monday evening after a joint meeting of political leaders chaired by president Papoulias, said that "we support a government of personalities as an emergency solution. In democracy the responsibility belongs to the political governments, the political parties, the political figures."

    Venizelos added that "it is not natural for governments of technocrats or personalities to be formed, however when we are before such a crisis, such a deadlock, we must accept this as well, it is also important that the Parliamentary support of this government be the widest possible."amna

    The PASOK leader further said that "the participation of New Democracy, the Democratic Left, PASOK as well as of SYRIZA (the Radical Left Coalition) is the minimum base in our opinion. Other forces could also participate, the party of (Independent Greeks party leader Panos) Mr Kammenos could participate, even the KKE (the Communist Party of Greece) must be asked and assume its own responsibilities."

    [02] ND leader says broad support for new government necessary

    AMNA--New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras said on Monday evening that support provided by as many political forces as possible to a government, was absolutely necessary.

    Addressing reporters after a joint meeting chaired by the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias aiming at the formation of a government, Samaras added that he asked from the president to consider a proposal by Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos, which, as the ND leader said, leaves margins for providing support.amna

    Samaras also said that the possibility of forming a government composed of political figures should be examined first and then a government of technocrats, but in emergency situations "such as today's one should also examine emergency solutions."amna

    The ND leader reiterated that the people have sent, through its May 6th vote, "not only a message but an explicit mandate. This mandate is that all together, as much as possible, try to form this new government. Each should assume his historic responsibilities."

    [03] The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The ultimate effort for the formation of a government as well as the intense pressures from Europe, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Government of personalities or elections".

    AVGHI: "Government of the willing on the table...".

    AVRIANI: "They are setting up a 'freak' government with ministers obedient to the troika's (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) employees".

    DIMOKRATIA: "The minutes of the leaders' meetings".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos' bomb with his 'non existing' proposal".

    ESTIA: "How we were led to today's impasse".

    ETHNOS: "Last chance for a government".

    IMERISSIA: "Government of personalities a challenge".

    KATHIMERINI: "President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias: Danger of collapse".

    LOGOS: "Last minute before new elections...".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Lack of governance in Greece gives birth to 'exit from eurozone' scenarios".

    NIKI: "Nightmare of lack of governance and return to drachma".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Alert! People ready with Communist Party at the lead".

    TA NEA: "The last...Kammenos (play on words, as 'kammenos' is also the Greek world for burnt' card".

    VRADYNI: "Ultimate effort for government of personalities or technocrats".

    [04] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Rise

    AMNA--Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.99 percent, standing at 589.85 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 2.685 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.38 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.73 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.47 percent.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 4.36 percent; Health, up 2.60 percent and Telecoms, up 2.59 percent.

    The heaviest losses were in Constructions, down 2.51 percent and Commerce, down 1.38 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 32 were up, 6 were down, and 7 were unchanged.

    [05] Changes in labour relations implemented as of May 15.

    AMNA--The Labor and Social Insurance ministry on Monday said a new framework envisaging changes collective labor agreements in the country would be valid from May 15.

    In a statement, the ministry noted that changes in labor relations would be implemented gradually and stressed that the end of a three-month period for abolishing the after-affect on collective agreements does not constitute an automatic reduction of wages in the private sector.amna

    The ministry said that a new legal framework will have direct effects on 10 collective labor agreements, from 151 currently valid in the country. These are agreements which terminated in the period from Aug. 14, 2011 to Feb. 14, 2012.amna

    Under the new legislation, unless new collective labor agreements have been reached, employers have the right to reduce workers' wages without workers' consent to the level of the basic salary of the sectoral contract, plus four social benefits.

    [06] Two Greek museums candidates for European Museum Year Award

    AMNA--Two Greek museums, the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum and the Ioannina Archaeological museum are among the 47 European museums that are candidates for the European Museum Year Award.

    The official announcement of the candidacies will be presented at the European Museum Forum that will be held 16-19 May at the Municipal Museum of Penafiel in Portugal.amna

    The "European Museum Award' was established in 1977 under the auspices of the European Council.amna

    Only one Greek museum, the Peloponnesian Laographic Institute in Nafplio in 1981 has received the specific award in the past.


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